An Australian-bred colt by Darley's Central Kentucky sire and former Australian shuttler Hard Spun topped day two of the Magic Millions Adelaide yearling sale March 15 as the auction's two-day Book 1 session ended with big increases in gross and average.
John McArdle's Redgum Racing bought the colt for Aus$160,000 (US$107,298) from consignor Glenelg Park. The bay colt is the second foal of Miss Chard, an unraced Al Samer mare who is a full sister to Australin group III winner Mr Chard. This is the same family as Australian champion juvenile and good sire Canny Lad and Australian champion filly Guelph.
"He's a good athletic, strong, running-style colt, "McArdle said. "There's his good female family as well—his brother has done the job as a 2-year-old, so we'll take this bloke home, break him in and see how we go."
Over the past two days at Morphettville more than $10.2 million ($6,840,354) has been traded on 237 yearlings at an average price of $43,737 ($29,347). Gross sales soared 54.7% from last year while average increased 34.2%. The clearance rate improved from 80% to 84.4%.
Hard Spun stands at Darley's Jonabell Farm near Lexington.